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O'Driscoll targets Lions tour and 2015 World Cup


O'Driscoll at the Rugby World Cup - probably not for the last time

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Article Published: Saturday 7 April 2012


Ireland and Leinster star midfielder Brian O'Driscoll has revealed that he could continue playing rugby and end his career after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The former British and Irish Lions captain has missed most of this season after undergoing shoulder surgery but will play in today's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues.

The shoulder injury started back in 2009 during the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa but he held on until after last year's Rugby World Cup to have it fixed.

As O'Driscoll is now thirty-three he is constantly asked when he will hang up his boots but the Ireland star's hunger for rugby appears to have only been revitalised by his time out this season as he has a hunger to prove he still has what it takes.

"The biggest concern is always complacency," O'Driscoll told the Daily Telegraph.

"It's never a case of thinking about the end goal. It's about the process and I am a big believer in that."

O'Driscoll's new Leinster team-mate Brad Thorn won a rugby world cup last year at the age of thirty-seven which has inspired O'Driscoll to look forward not back.

"Every interview that I do now is 'when am I going to retire?'," said O'Driscoll adding that both the Lions tour next year and the World Cup in 2015 are real possibilities.

"I don't see any reason to put a finite amount of time on my playing days."

"I'm enjoying it. I feel physically good, not carrying the aches and pains that I have been carrying for the past couple of years. "

"I need a bit longer to warm up. But once I get going I am in a good place."

O'Driscoll has also been reminded about how a career in rugby can be cut short by injury as another of his team mates Shane Horgan has recently had to retire.

"Shane has been an integral part of Leinster and my life for the last 13 or 14 years," says O'Driscoll.

"He has always been there in the dressing-room, it will be strange knowing I won't be sitting down beside him."

When asked what would define success for a club such as Leinster and a player such as himself.

"A successful season is winning the Heineken Cup," he says.

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